Biography - Hon. Janet Bond Arterton
Judge Janet Bond Arterton was nominated by President Bill Clinton and sworn in as a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut on May 15, 1995. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey where she attended public schools and was elected Coroner of Mercer County at the age of 21. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College (B.A. Political Science 1966) and Northeastern University School ofLaw (J.D. 1977). She clerked in U.S. District Court (D. N.J- Hon. Herbert J. Stern 1977-1978). Her private litigation career with the New Haven, Connecticut law firm formerly known as Garrison & Arterton, P.C. (1978 to 1995) focused on employment and labor law.
Among numerous recognitions, Judge Arterton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2005 by Northeastern University. She also received the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association Achievement Award (2016); the American Board of Trial Lawyers Connecticut Chapter award for Professionalism and Civility (2015); the Connecticut Bar Association Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award for contributions to the administration of justice (2015); the Community
Mediation Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation (2000); and the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund Maria Miller Stewart Recognition Award (1996).
She has on occasion sat by designation with the Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Second Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and the Armed Services. She established the New Haven District Court's Support Court program in 2010 to provide structured support to federal defendants with drug or alcohol addictions. In 2015, a group of Connecticut lawyers established the Arterton Intellectual Property American Inn of Court in her honor.
Judge Arterton served on the International Judicial Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference from 2002 to 2008. Her international judicial work has taken her to many developing countries for programs with judiciaries on issues related to developing rule of law competencies and human trafficking.
She has served on the historic Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven since 2007 and is the current Chair.
Judge Arterton's two daughters are both lawyers; her husband is a political scientist and emeritus Dean and Professor of political management at George Washington University